Global power and automation technology group ABB has secured a US$51 million contract to fit out two new copper plants in Kazakhstan. The partnership will see ABB supply the country’s largest copper producer Kazakhmys with comprehensive electrification and automation solutions for the new facilities.

The switchyard, switch room and other electrical equipment as well as the control system for the Bozshakol mine will be supplied first to provide Kazakhmys with reliable electrical infrastructure to ensure efficient processing. Bozshakol is in the country’s north and has a forecast annual ore processing capacity of 30 million tonnes.

The Aktogay sulphide and oxide facility is in Kazakhstan’s southeast and is also expected to annually process 30 million tonnes of ore. Both mines are large undeveloped copper deposits and are expected to make a significant contribution to the country’s economic and industrial development.

“ABB’s extensive mining industry expertise, strong local presence to facilitate life cycle services and long-term relationship with Kazakhmys were important factors in signing this agreement,” says the company’s head of process automation Veli-Matti Reinikkala. “As a single source supplier, ABB enables Kazakhmys to benefit from synergies across these sites during and after project delivery.”

ABB has also recently supplied two previous orders for gearless mill drive packages and the complete electrification, instrumentation and automation of both sites, at a value of US$90 million.

“The overall contract includes substation and power transformers, high voltage power factor compensation and harmonic filters, distribution transformers, transportable switch rooms as well as state of the art Extended Automation System 800xA,” says Veli-Matti Reinikkala.

Installation and commissioning of the equipment at Bozshakol is expected to occur in September with Aktogay fitted out in 2014.

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